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Britten, Benjamin 1913-1976

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Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( )

334 editions published between 1945 and 2020 in 8 languages and held by 5,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a small fishing community on the east coast of England, the story of conflict between an individual and a society that sees him as an outsider
War requiem by Benjamin Britten( )

262 editions published between 1963 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 4,953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public awareness of Benjamin Britten's person and works advanced dramatically -- even explosively -- twice during his lifetime. The first time was in 1945, when his opera Peter Grimes was produced for the postwar reopening of Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. The second time followed the premier at Coventry and the subsequent series of performances all across Europe and North America of the War Requiem. Except to those provincials who thought that milky pastoral was the only idiom appropriate for an Englishman and who also found the young Britten too clever by half, the triumph of Peter Grimes marked not just the confirmation of a prodigious talent; it represented a moment of hope that, for the first time since the death of Henry Purcell in 1695, England had produced a composer of international stature. The impact the War Requiem made 17 years later was wider and deeper by far. Britten, approaching 50, had become an artist whose every new utterance was awaited with the most lively interest and the highest expectations. The War Requiem, moreover, was tied to a pair of events that were heavily freighted with history and emotion: the destruction of Coventry Cathedral in an air raid during the night of November 14-15, 1940, and its reconsecration more than 21 years later. Its first performance was planned as an international event with respect both to participants and audience. Most importantly, the War Requiem was a weighty and poignant statement on the subject of piercingly urgent concern to much of humankind. In the War Requiem, Britten drew on forces larger and more complex than in any previous work of his. The basic division of the performers is into two groups, reflecting the dual source of the words; the libretto stands in a relation of text (the Latin Missa pro defunctis) and commentary (the nine Owen poems). The Latin text is essentially the province of the large mixed chorus, but from this there is spillover in two opposite directions: the solo soprano represents a heightening of the choral singing at its most emotional, while the boys' choir represents liturgy at its most distanced. The mixed chorus and solo soprano are accompanied by the full orchestra; the boys' choir, whose sound should be distant, is supported by an organ. All this constitutes one group. The other group consists of the tenor and baritone soloists, whose province is the series of Owen songs; they are accompanied by the chamber orchestra. - Program notes / Michael Steinberg
The turn of the screw by Benjamin Britten( )

216 editions published between 1954 and 2022 in 7 languages and held by 3,928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded Mar. 1981 in London
Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten( )

143 editions published between 1964 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 2,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recorded: Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh; April 1964
A midsummer night's dream by Benjamin Britten( )

36 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of opera's most original Shakespeare adaptations comes to live in this broadcast with James Conlon conducting a youthful ensemble cast of rising stars, led by Iestyn Davies and Kathleen Kim as Oberon and Tytania, King and Queen of the fairies. The quartet of lovers is portrayed by Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Joseph Kaiser (Lysander), Erin Wall (Helena), and Michael Todd Simpson (Demetrius). Matthew Rose sings the donkey-headed Bottom and Riley Costello is the mischievous Puck
Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten( )

100 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herman Melville's gripping story of good and evil, set on an 18th-century British warship, inspired one of Britten's most brilliant operas. Richard Stillwell is Billy, the young sailor with a stammer and a pure heart whose goodness arouses the hatred of Claggart (James Morris). When Claggart falsely accuses Billy of attempting to incite mutiny, Billy strikes and accidentally kills him. Captain Vere (sung by Peter Pears, Britten's partner and creator of the role, in his last Met performance) has no choice but to have Billy hanged for murder, even though Claggart's changes are false. Peter Glossop is Mr. Redburn and Raymond Leppard conducts
War requiem : op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( )

119 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Grimes : an opera in three acts and a prologue derived from the poem of George Crabbe : opus 33 by Benjamin Britten( )

118 editions published between 1945 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the character of a fisherman from George Crabbe's poem, The borough, the opera is set in an English coastal village around 1830. The fisherman, Peter Grimes, is questioned over the death of his apprentice, and the coroner forbids him from ever keeping one again. As Grimes is in desperate need of help to fish, Ned Keene, the apothecary, finds him a new apprentice from the workhouse-- but nobody will volunteer to fetch the boy. Eventually Ellen Orford, a schoolmistress, offers. Grimes finds himself ostracized from the village, and his friends try to convince him to leave. Through a tragic accident, Grimes' new apprentice falls down a cliff and is killed-- the villagers gossip that Grimes has murdered both apprentices. Meanwhile, a friend suggests to Grimes he should commit suicide by sinking his boat. The next day, the villagers begin a search for Grimes, but soon grow tired. The opera ends with the coastguard reporting a sinking ship, but it is too far out to be saved
War requiem : op. 66 by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

153 editions published between 1963 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 1,499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War Requiem for soloists, two choirs and two orchestras, op. 66. Text: Missa pro Defunctis; Poems by Wilfred Owen
Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

89 editions published between 1974 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Mann's celebrated tale of unrequited love and death is given a new perspective in Benjamin Britten's final opera, first performed just a year and a half before this Met broadcast. The composer's long-time companion, tenor Peter Pears, reprises his world-premiere portrayal of Gustav von Aschenbach, the elderly and solitary novelist at the center of the story, who tragically falls in love with the beautiful youth Tadzio (played by a dancer). Pears is joined by two other veterans of the opera's world premiere--John Shirley-Quirk, who plays the seven characters that propel Aschenbach to his destiny, and conductor Steuart Bedford
A ceremony of carols by Benjamin Britten( )

193 editions published between 1950 and 2021 in 9 languages and held by 1,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrate the holiday season all year long with Benjamin Britten's richly textured "A Ceremony of Carols." This Britten feast also offers the Missa Brevis, A Hymn to the Virgin, Chorale after an Old French Carol, New Year's Carol and more
Violin concerto by Benjamin Britten( )

35 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rape of Lucretia : op. 37 by Benjamin Britten( )

106 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ian Bostridge has continued to be a success in performing ever since his operatic debut in 1994. Collaborating with orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has proved to be a shining star in opera. In his latest release, he takes part in Brittens The Rape of Lucretia, a dark opera in which a woman named Lucretia commits suicide after being raped
A ceremony of carols : op. 28 by Benjamin Britten( )

174 editions published between 1934 and 2005 in 8 languages and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voix: Choeur de Femmes (3 SSA) ; Accompagnement: Harpe ou Piano ; Langue: Latin, Anglais, Allemand ; Epoque: Contemporain
The wonderful world of music by Benjamin Britten( Book )

33 editions published between 1958 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of music, its terminology, history, theory, styles, appreciation, and means used to produce it
Gloriana by Benjamin Britten( )

56 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gloriana: Opera in Three Acts, op. 53. Libretto: William Plomer
Serenade : for tenor solo, horn, and strings, op. 31 by Benjamin Britten( )

126 editions published between 1939 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The turn of the screw : op. 54, an opera in a prologue and two acts by Benjamin Britten( )

92 editions published between 1954 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River by Benjamin Britten( Recording )

68 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Curlew River: A Church Parable in One Act, op. 71. Text: William Plomer
The young person's guide to the orchestra : variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell : op. 34 by Benjamin Britten( )

81 editions published between 1595 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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War requiem : op. 66
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The young person's guide to the orchestra : variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell : op. 34Benjamin Britten : the spiritual dimensionAfter Mahler : Britten, Weill, Henze, and romantic redemptionRethinking BrittenBenjamin Britten : a biographyThe lives and times of the great composersBritten's unquiet pasts : sound and memory in postwar reconstruction
Alternative Names
B. Britten

Baron Britten of Aldeburgh

Bendžamin Britn

Bendžamins Britens angļu komponists, diriģents un pianists

Bendžamins Britens angļu komponists, diriģents un pianists (1913-1976)

Beniaminus Britten

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten angleški skladatelj, dirigent in pianist

Benjamin Britten änglische Komponist (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten angol zeneszerző, karmester, zongorista

Benjamin Britten angol zeneszerző, karmester, zongorista (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten Brits dirigent (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten britský skladatel (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten brittiläinen säveltäjä ja pianisti (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten brytyjski kompozytor i pianista

Benjamin Britten brytyjski kompozytor i pianista (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten compositeur, chef d'orchestre, altiste et pianiste britannique

Benjamin Britten compositeur, chef d'orchestre, altiste et pianiste britannique (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten compositor inglés (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten compositor, maestro e pianista britânico (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten compositore, direttore d'orchestra e pianista britannico

Benjamin Britten compositore, direttore d'orchestra e pianista britannico (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten engelsk tonsättare

Benjamin Britten englischer Komponist

Benjamin Britten English composer, conductor, and pianist (1913-1976)

Benjamin Britten İngiliz piyanist, orkestra şefi ve besteci

Britenas B.

Britenas Bendžaminas

Britenas Bendžaminas Edvardas

Britens, B. (Bendžamins), 1913-1976

Britens, Bendžamins 1913-1976

Britn, Bendžamin

Brit''n, Benžamen

Britten.

Britten (1913-1976)

Britten B.

Britten, B 1913-1976

Britten, B. 1913-1976 (Bendzhamin)

Britten, B. (Bendzhamin), 1913-1976

Britten, B. (Benjamin), 1913-1976

Britten, B. E. 1913-1976

Britten, Baron 1913-1976

Britten, Bendžamen

Britten, Bendžamin.

Britten, Bendžamin 1913-1976

Britten, Bendzhamin

Britten, Bendzhamin 1913-1976

Britten Benjamin

Britten, Benjamin E. 1913-1976

Britten Benjamin Edvard

Britten Benjamin Edward

Britten E. B. 1913-1976

Britten, Edward B.

Britten, Edward B. 1913-1976

Britten Edward Benjamin

Britten, Edward Benjamin 1913-1976

Britten, glazbenik

Britten барон 1913-1976

Brittenas B.

Brittens, B. (Bendžamins), 1913-1976

Britŭn, B 1913-1976

Britun, B. 1913-1976 (Bendzhamin)

Britŭn, B. (Bendzhamin), 1913-1976

Britǔn, Bendzhamin

Britŭn, Bendzhamin 1913-1976

Buriten, Benjamin 1913-1976

Edward Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten Komposer Inggris

Edward Benjamin Britten Komposer Inggris (1913-1976)

Μπέντζαμιν Μπρίτεν

Бенджамин Бриттен

Бенджамин Бриттен английский композитор, дирижёр и пианист

Бенджамин Бритън

Бенджамин Бритън английски композитор

Бенджамін Бріттен

Бенжамин Бриттен

Бенџамин Бритен

Бенџамин Бритн

Бриттен

Бриттен Б.

Бриттен, Б 1913-1976

Бриттен, Б. (Бенджамин), 1913-1976

Бриттен барон 1913-1976

Бриттен Бенджамин

Бриттен, Бенджамин 1913-1976

Бриттен Бенджамин Эдвард

Бриттен Э. Б. 1913-1976

Բենջամեն Բրիտտեն

בנג'מין בריטן

בנג'מין בריטן מלחין אנגלי

בריטן, בנג'מין 1913-1976

بنجامين بريتن

بنجامين بريتن مؤلف موسيقي بريطاني

بنجامین بریتن

ბენჯამინ ბრიტენი ინგლისელი კომპოზიტორი, პიანისტი და დირიჟორი

벤저민 브리튼

브리튼, B. E. 1913-1976

브리튼, 벤자민 1913-1976

브리튼, 벤자민 E. 1913-1976

브리튼, 벤쟈민 1913-1976

브리튼, 에드워드 벤자민 1913-1976

브리튼, 에드워드 벤저민 1913-1976

ブリテン

ブリテン, ベンジャミン

ブリトン, B.

ベンジャミン・ブリテン

ベンジャミン・ブリテン イギリスの作曲家、指揮者、ピアニスト

本杰明·布里顿

本杰明·布里顿 英国现代主义时期作曲家

斑傑文·布烈頓

班傑明·布瑞頓

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